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Ringfad, County Down

Origin

Ir. An Rinn Fhada ‘the long point or headland’

Background

The name of the townland of Ringfad is recorded as Ringfad in c.1659 and (corruptly) as Binfadd in 1662. It clearly derives from Irish An Rinn Fhada ‘the long point or headland’ and clearly refers to the broad peninsula which adjoins the town of Ardglass on the south and forms the eastern side of Coney Island Bay. At the tip of the peninsula there is a point of land known as Ringfad Point. The element rinn denotes ‘a point of land, a promontory, or small peninsula’ and is fairy common in place-names (Joyce i 405). In Co. Down it is often anglicised as Ring and it can refer to either a coastal point or promontory as in Ringmacilroy (Rinn Mhic Giolla Rua ‘McIlroy’s point’) in the parish of Warrenpoint (PNI i 165) or to an inland promontory as in Ringbane (An Rinn Bhán ‘the white promontory’) in the parish of Donaghmore, north of Newry (PNI i 106).

References

PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Rinn Fada - Long Point

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 44

Rinn Fhada

1980cDF
(?)Colmore pointe1591Hondius Map
(?)Colmor point1595Mercator's Ulst.
Ringfad1659cCensus 1659 71
Binfadd1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $17 Car. II
Ringfad1735Map of Down (OSNB) No. 44
Barony
Lecale Lower
Parish
Ardglass
Parish in 1851
Ardglass
Townland
None
Place name ID
12888
Place name type
T